Hannah Queen's Mulled Wine

On Terrain I found Hannah Queen's striking Mulled Wine photography and 
this wonderful recipe from her blog, Honey & Jam.

'Winter is blowing in - the days are short, twinkling lights are in each window, 
and there’s a chill in the air. I’m convinced the best way to celebrate this season is 
to cozy up with a mug of mulled wine. It’s steeped in all the great flavors of winter, 
the spices of gingerbread, the freshness of citrus and the warmth of red wine 
and vanilla. It’s best served near a fireplace and in the company of 
good friends. I prefer it not so sweet, but feel free 
to adjust the sugar to your taste.

Mulled Wine

1 bottle (3 cups) dry red wine
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
2 star anise
6 peppercorns
1/2 vanilla bean, split length-wise
2 clementines, thinly sliced

Combine the wine, brown sugar, spices, vanilla bean and 
clementines in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, 
stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and 
allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Pour through a fine mesh sieve, garnish with cinnamon stick, 
clementine slices & star anise. Serve warm'.